Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) spokesman M.M. Hassan has said that Saturday’s statement by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on legal action against a Malayalam news channel for impersonation is the stand of the government, and that of the the Congress too. “Statements to the contrary by party colleague K. Muraleedharan are only subjective,” he said.

Mr. Hassan said this while inaugurating a meeting to commemorate the first death anniversary of Congress leader Karumalil Sukumaran here on Sunday. He said the KPCC had a president and a spokesperson to announce the opinions of the State unit of the Congress.

“No one has given Muraleedharan the authority to state the opinions of the party,” he added.

Mr. Muraleedharan’s claim that Mr. Chandy’s statement in Kollam was purely personal and that the Congress did not have a tradition of taking the media to court might have been a personal opinion of the former. Mr. Hassan said his party had initiated legal action against the media whenever the situation warranted. “Muraleedharan may have forgotten that,” he said.

In the past, when K. Karunakaran was the Home Minister, he had taken legal action against a newspaper in connection with a news item.

Had Mr. Karunakaran been alive now, he could perhaps have been the first person calling for legal action against the news channel Mr. Chandy had talked about.

The so-called liberation agitation launched by the parties in the Opposition in the name of the solar scam would soon prove to be a damp squib.

“The Opposition need not even dream about Mr. Chandy resigning on the basis of baseless allegations. The Opposition parties are least interested in bringing the culprits behind the solar scam before the law, they just aim only for Mr. Chandy’s resignation,” he said.